the first-floor living room was
completely redefined when the exterior
chimney was moved 3 feet into the room.
The paneling along the side of the new
fireplace structure hides storage closets.
Original to the house, the two bow
windows that flank the fireplace (exterior
views, right) were expanded to create a
light-filled space with views to the beach.
4 bell tower
5 first-floor deck
6 outdoor shower
7 roof deck
8 eyebrow window
9 front porch
It was consensus: The multiple
rooflines and styles of the old house
necessitated a big-picture overhaul.
The owners wanted the new roof to be
slate (authentic to the house’s time
period), which required a new frame to
support the weight — paving the way
for a slew of changes. Two gambrel
roofs that contributed to the disjointed
feeling were eliminated. One was
removed to create space for a third-
floor roof deck, which has panoramic
harbor views, while the second was
replaced with a steeply gabled roof that
creates a cathedral ceiling in the master
bedroom. Elsewhere, an existing bell
tower was faced with copper, while a
similar tower was added waterside in
the master suite. Moving a chimney
from an outside wall inward 3 feet
allowed for a balcony off the third-floor
office (before and after above), where
an eyebrow window was also added.
Finally, dormers tie together the whole
vocabulary. “The new rooflines,” says
architect Art Dioli, “make it feel and
look like the house was always there,
and that it was designed and built in
one step rather than in three different
stages.” Much improved.